Textbooks in many cases are unable to keep up with current events. Some social studies teachers look to primary sources to help teach current events, and some groups such as the Anti-Defamation League have developed lessons on current events that rely on primary documents.
New and revised learning standards mean educators may be asked to do more when teaching writing. Strategies and tools in use by some schools include using discussion as a prewriting activity and using online tools to provide feedback on students' first drafts.
Teachers should integrate social media more often into their instructional design, suggests Glenn Wiebe, a former social studies teacher and current president of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies. In this blog post, he shares several ideas, including having students craft social media campaigns for historical figures.
Several college presidents, including Harris Pastides at the University of South Carolina, are issuing letters to students ahead of the fall semester requesting calm and collaboration on campus in response to racially charged events over the summer. "Come back to campus ready to learn and prepared for conversations to come," Pastides wrote.
A teacher's opinion holds a lot of sway in the classroom, so educators should take care when discussing topics related to the November elections, suggests Matt Levinson, head of school at University Prep in Seattle. In this blog post, he shares tips such as being fair and challenging generalizations.
Teachers in an Indiana school district need more training on how to implement a less-punitive discipline policy, according to the results of student and teacher surveys. The surveys, conducted about one year after the guidelines were set, show that behaviors take time to change, Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said.
A Michigan high school has banned the use of cellphones and cellphone-size devices in classes and in hallways. The policy, adopted Monday, replaces a policy that allowed teachers to set rules for their classes, a practice that officials now say was difficult to manage.
Robotics, coding, plus science, technology, engineering and math -- or add the arts to get STEAM -- are the hot trends in K-12 schools, Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA, writes in this blog post. She discusses these and other emerging education-technology trends.
An initiative called The Campus Prevention Network will deliver to 1,300 college campuses online educational programs on preventing sexual assaults. The program will provide prevention, consent and bystander intervention information to students, faculty and staff at such schools as Princeton University and the University of Michigan, officials say.
A Montana school district will expand an after-school science, technology, engineering and math program for middle-school girls with the help of students from Montana Tech. New grant funding will pay for teacher support and employ college students to mentor girls in STEM activities and help them with their homework.
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